Silk Sari lands the British Stallion Studs EBF Chalice Stakes

Silk Sari landed the feature race at Newbury Racecourse on Sunday 3 August, the Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Chalice Stakes.

Trained by Luca Cumani and ridden by Andrea Atzeni, the 9/4 joint-favourite managed to hold on in the final furlong with David Simcock’s Moment In Time closing all the way to the line.

Silk Sari’s owner Andrew Bengough nominated the Listed EBF and Sir Henry Cecil Memorial Galtres Stakes at York as her possible next target later this month.

Last season’s winner Seal Of Approval went on to Group 1 glory in the Fillies and Mares Stakes on Champions Day at Ascot last October, and 2012 winner Ambivalent added the top-level Pretty Polly Stakes in Ireland to her CV after victory in this.

Earlier on the card, Richard Hughes won the Grundon Recycle Nursery Handicap aboard top weight Power Play for his boss Richard Hannon. The 2/1 favourite had enough in the locker to see off the late challenge of Popeswood, winning by half a length.

There was a big upset in the Academy Insurance EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes when Carry On Deryck, ridden by Liam Keniry for trainer Sylvester Kirk, came with a withering late run to collar the hot 1/4 favourite Accra Beach. The winner, who was making his debut, was last approaching the final furlong but produced a telling turn of foot and returned at 25/1.

Newbury Racecourse’s CEO Julian Thick commented: “Congratulations to the connections of Silk Sari and let’s hope she goes on to some more big race successes just like previous winners Seal Of Approval and Ambivalent did.

“It was a fantastic race on what has been a great family day here at the course. We’d like to thank all our generous sponsors here today and we look forward to welcoming everyone back here for Betfred Ladies Day with Annie Mac and Pete Tong playing after racing on Saturday 16th August.”

Newbury was hit with a downpour of 26mm of rain in a two-hour spell on Saturday afternoon, but racegoers were treated to perfect summer weather on Sunday and families turned out in their droves for the course’s Craft, Bake and Race Family Day in support of Daisy’s Dream charity.

Daisy’s Dream is a Berkshire charity that supports children and their families who have been affected by the life threatening illness or bereavement of someone close to them.

They provided a number of activities and attractions for children, including: a climbing wall, bouncy castle, circus skills workshop, giant eight-lane scalectrix, and a craft zone with a fabric painting workshop where kids painted their own bags.

There was also face painting and pony rides, as well as the track’s very own Harry the Horse who kept the little ones entertained.

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